Metacritic Movie Ratings
Bad Words Reviews

3.0

56

out of 100

Metascore®
Mixed or average reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyOwen Gleiberman

    Bateman deserves props for sustaining Bad Words as a little balancing act between sulfurously funny hatred and humanity.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesRichard Roeper

    Bad Words is the kind of pitch-black dark comedy that makes you wince even as you give up on stifling the chuckles.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    VarietyJustin Chang

    This exuberantly foul-mouthed and mean-spirited comedy goes somewhat soft in the final stretch but remains an often uproarious model of sharp scripting and spirited acting.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterJohn DeFore

    Choosing it for his debut as director, Bateman demonstrates the same knack for timing and fine shadings of attitude as he does onscreen.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    It's tough to summon sufficiently negative language to describe the unfunny, desperate mess that is Bad Words.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Village VoiceStephanie Zacharek

    Bateman, as both director and star, digs his heels in too hard to make the movie's points, using lots of ho-hum close-ups and wriggly camera work along the way.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe Morgenstern

    For precursors of Guy's perversity, one would have to go back to W.C. Fields, who made antic art out of his characters' abhorrence of children.

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